Coffee farm at Maciço do Baturité in Ceara, in the northeast of Brazil.
Ceara state (in the northeast of Brazil) was a traditional coffee producing region in the 19th century. Despite the dry, hot climate, in the “Maciço do Baturité” region there were good conditions to grow coffee. In fact, the region produced so much coffee a railway was built to take coffee to the port, where it could be shipped to Europe.
Nowadays Ceara is not a major coffee producing area, although there are some coffee producing trees more than 100 years old. SEBRAE, a GCP partner, aims to help local producers revitalize coffee production, and is using the CSC to ensure there is a focus on sustainable coffee production.
Elio Cruz (HRNSB director at the left side) with the EMATER-RO technicians’ team for the Collective Technical Assistance Model (MATC) training.
Training courses on the Collective Technical Assistance Model (MATC) have taken place in Rondonia state, which is the second largest producer of Robusta in Brazil.
The training was aimed at for EMATER-RO technicians and included theoretical and practical classes, generating lively discussion among the participants. HRNS (Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung) of Brazil is providing the technical guidance and training on MATC.
The Symposium on Sustainable Coffee Growing Innovation lasted three days and addressed questions about quality, diagnosis of properties in the good agricultural practices, rational water usage, sustainable program models and “Certifica Minas Café” certification.
Around 150 technicians, professionals and students attended the symposium, which was kindly hosted by the University of Alfenas.